Make It Right New Orleans, Louisiana
“We wanted to base this project on the Cradle to Cradle principles put forth in Bill [and Michael’s] book. It was our belief that for this new technology to work, that it couldn’t just be a rich man’s toy, but it had to be proven at a low income level. That it had to be available for everybody. I must say, the result has far exceeded my expectations…”
– Brad Pitt
William McDonough + Partners is honored to be a founding member of The Make It Right project, participating on a pro-bono basis since the project’s inception. Designed as a catalyst for redevelopment, Make It Right is dedicated to building 150 safe and healthy homes in the Lower 9th Ward, with an emphasis on high design quality and preserving the spirit of the community’s culture.
WM+P developed criteria to frame Make It Right’s environmental mission, using Cradle to Cradle thinking to outline design and systems performance requirements for each home, achieving the goal of LEED Platinum certification for all of the houses. In collaboration with MBDC, WM+P has conducted individual reviews of all materials considered for the project based on human and ecological health. In response to the community’s request for a variety of housing types, Make It Right expanded their offering to include duplexes, one of which is designed by WM+P. In addition, William McDonough + Partners, in collaboration with Siteworks, LLC, is a one of the pilot street design teams that is addressing community-wide issues of stormwater, street lighting, community amenities and workforce training.
William McDonough + Partners is excited by the opportunity provided by this public forum to educate consumers, builders and manufacturers, and our hope is that it will inspire a new generation of safe, affordable products and design technologies.
William McDonough + Partners
Cherokee Gives Back Foundation
The Jolie-Pitt Foundation
John C. Williams Architects, Architect of Record
“Rebuilding New Orleans- The Green Way” from Oprah Magazine September 2010
“Brad Pitt Receives Award From USGBC for Making it Right” from Inhabitat September 2009
“Brad Pitt’s “Make it Right” Unveils New Designs” from Architectural Record July 2009
“Duplex designs added into the mix for New Orleans Regeneration” from World Architecture News July 2009
“William McDonough + Partners’ Flow House in New Orleans” from Inhabitat July 2009
“William McDonough + Partners complete the Cradle to Cradle Flow House” from Green Packs July 16, 2009
“Pitt Unveils Sustainable Designs for New Orleans” from Architectural Record December 2007
“Firms Embrance the Emerging Role of the Sustainability Guru” from Architectural Record November 2007
“Brad Pitt’s Make it Right presents duplex homes for NOLA” from Archdaily July 1, 2007